We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Benkay Japanese Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
207-773-5555
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 162 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, drinks and service

This restaurant is small, but tables are well distributed, service is very professional and friendly, food selection is adequate for every taste, and Thursday to Saturday nights, it turns into a quick sushi-bar that offers low-priced sushi roll combos and drinks. Great place to meet with friends... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
SebV79
,
Portland, Maine
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
Add Photo Write a Review

162 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I used to love this place for sushi and thought it was the best in town. However, prices have climbed and portions have decreased. Recent visit left me very light in the wallet for little worth crowing about. Huge price jump for same meals after lunch period. Not worth the stop.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Maine
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This restaurant is small, but tables are well distributed, service is very professional and friendly, food selection is adequate for every taste, and Thursday to Saturday nights, it turns into a quick sushi-bar that offers low-priced sushi roll combos and drinks. Great place to meet with friends and family.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

The hotel staff raved about the sushi here, so I jumped in for 2 rolls. I'm not sure what the hype is about. The staff was friendly, and the 2 rolls were good, but it's nothing to rave about. The atmosphere is warm, cozy, and definitely inviting. Sushi was fresh, but the food was nothing over the top. Just a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Casco, Maine
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Have been to Benkay several times in the last year. Always warm and friendly staff with very good service and most knowledgeable about the menu. The Benkay box is a big hit and it changes daily. The Maki Rolls are divine and especially the Benkay roll, our all time favorite. Not a huge sushi fan but plenty on the menu... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gilford
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

January is not the most hospitable month to visit Portland, but we wanted fresh sushi so Portland it was. We decided to try someplace new as our favorite Japanese restaurant is not as pleasant as when you can sit outside. So Benkay was our choice. We arrived just before noon and the place filled up quickly after us. The fish... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maine
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

There are a number of good Japanese Restaurants in Portland but we found their menu was pricy in comparison to others around when the food and service does not stand out.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

On a most recent trip to Portland, a friend took us here to eat for lunch. It's located in a great area of Portland and has a parking lot where you can park your car. The place is big and the servers are nice. We ended up getting the "brunch" special and I have to say, it has the most... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Three of us ordered complete meals. Tempura dinner served with tiny bowl of rice (maybe 1/4 cup), for $18. We asked for more rice, another tiny bowl was brought out, $ 2 added to our bill. Food was fine. But padding the bill just doesn't make me want to come back. I don't know if the cruise ships keep them... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Went here for lunch with a group thinking it would be really amazing sushi but was unimpressed. Got a selection of 3 rolls, which were of fine quality but uninteresting. Atmosphere is nothing special. If you're looking for simple sushi, it's fine, but I don't think we'll go here again. Was looking for something with more of a "wow" factor.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Burlington, Vermont
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Service was cordial, with a smile. The atmosphere wasn't great, but who cares when food is good. The price is average, not the super fancy price tag nor cheap.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Benkay Japanese Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Benkay Japanese Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-773-5555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Benkay Japanese Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?